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Iams Home 4 the Holidays Pet Adoption Drive

When my husband and I were newly married we decided to adopt a dog from our local shelter.  “Dixie” was a full bred, full grown beagle who had been mistreated by her previous owner before being left at the animal shelter.  She came to us already spayed, already housebroken, and became completely dedicated to us….I often thought as a way of saying “thanks” for rescuing her from her previous owners.  Dixie was our first baby and happily adapted when our “real” babies came along.  From that experience, I now believe the best way to add a pet to your family is to rescue a pet who needs a home from your local shelter. 

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Iams believes that too, and Academy Award winning actress Hilary Swank has teamed up with them to help find homes for 1.5 million pets by January 4, 2010.   With nearly 8 million homeless animals in the U.S. today, and almost half scheduled to be euthanized this year alone, our help is needed now more than ever.   Did you know:

  • As many as 8 million animals are homeless in the U.S.?
  • Nearly 4 million orphaned dogs and cats will be euthanized this year due to shelter over-crowding and lack of awareness about the importance of pet adoption?
  • More than 25 percent of all dogs in shelters are purebreds?
  • IH4TH helped 1,202,751 pets find homes last year alone?
  • Over the past decade more than 3 million pets –1,638,515 dogs, 1,505,690 cats and 134,062 “other” animals – have been adopted through IH4TH?
  • Every family that adopts a pet through IH4TH will receive an adoption kit and a DVD loaded with important information including: bringing a new pet into your family training tips, pet care, nutrition information and coupons?
  • To date, the Iams Home for the Holidays campaign has helped 808,147 pets find loving homes.  The campaign ends January 4th.

    Can’t adopt right now?  You can still support a good cause on the IH4TH site by casting a vote for your favorite shelter to receive free Iams food, learn ways to get involved, and maybe even help volunteer at your local shelter!   Find a way to get involved!  Your furry friends will thank you for it!

    Hot Picks from Haute Mamas: December Edition

    Looking for some great reading on the Web? Check out these Hot Picks from Haute Mamas, sit back and catch up with these fabulous Mamas!

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    The Mom Buff: 16 Weeks Progress, Erin at The Mom Buzz

    Top Five LeapFrog Learning Toys, Cecelia at Cool Baby Kid

    Mommy Tantrums? Who me?, Sarah at The Ohana Mama

    Watch Me On The Red Carpet At The People’s Choice Awards!, by Lee at MySentimentExactLee

    Do you have a post that we should be reading?  Leave the link here so others can check it out, too!

    Walmart’s $40 New Year’s Dinner for 10: Giveaway

    Just when you start to get the toys put away, your house re-organized and your home cleaned after the Holiday parties, you start to look at the credit card damage “Santa” created on your behalf.  As we look forward to the year 2010, one of my New Year Resolutions will be to save money for a family vacation this Summer.

    Walmart has long been known for “rolling back prices,” but I was stunned to learn that I could create an entire New Year’s Day meal for 10 people under $40!   Check out Walmart’s Holiday Meals website to learn about recipes created by Food Network star Aarón Sánchez to go with Walmart’s affordable holiday menu to help families create a delicious Christmas or New Year’s celebration on a budget.

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    Want to create a party your friends and family won’t forget and save money, too?  Chef Aarón Sánchez has tips for turning a New Year’s party into an extra-special affair to remember. Using standard party ingredients, such as cocktail shrimp, a veggie platter, and crescent rolls, Chef Aarón created a party-ready fiesta spread for 10 for as low as $40! It includes:

    Shrimp Tray (5 servings)
    Vegetable Tray (10 servings)
    Hillshire Farms Little Smokies (8 servings)
    Pillsbury Crescent Rolls (6 servings)
    Land O’Lakes Egg Nog (8 servings)
    Red Velvet cake

    Sound good?  Print the tips, tricks and recipes from Walmart’s Holiday Meals site and head to your local Walmart to stock up on everything you need to make your party a success!

    Walmart wants to help make your holiday meals a little easier by giving away a $30 Walmart gift card to TWO lucky Not-So-Blog readers!

    How to enter:

    1. Visit Walmart’s Holiday Meals site and tell me which one of Aaron’s recipes looks yummy!

    Additional entries:

    1. Blog about this giveaway and link to The Not-So-Blog (10 extra entries).

    2. Follow me (@BridgetteLA) on Twitter and Tweet this giveaway. Every time you tweet you get an additional entry! Unlimited! (You must have over 50 Twitter followers to qualify for unlimited entries!)

    3. Subscribe to my blog.

    4. Become a Fan of The Not-So-Blog and Halls on Facebook.

    Contest ends at 11:59pm CST on January 9th. Prizes not claimed in 72 hours will be forfeited. Open to U.S. Residents only.

    I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour campaign by Mom Central on behalf of Walmart. In addition, I received a Walmart gift card to thank me for taking the time to participate in this blog tour.

    Take Extraordinary Measures and Win $10,000 for Charity!

    CBS Films’ upcoming film Extraordinary Measures, starring Harrison Ford and Brendan Fraser, is inspired by the true story of John Crowley – a man who defied conventional wisdom and great odds to pursue a cure for his children’s life threatening disease.   My husband and I saw the previews recently when we were in the movies and it looks incredible!  I cannot WAIT for this movie to come out!  You can view the trailer on the website….it looks like an incredible film.

    extraordinarymeasures To celebrate Crowley’s story, there is  a wonderful opportunity to get the word about a cause that is close to you, and also possibly win some money for them!  It’s so easy, all you have to do is upload an inspirational video.

    1.  Go to the Inspirational Quilt and click on Upload Your Story.

    2.  Once your video is uploaded, you will be entered into the sweepstakes for a chance to designate the charity of your choice to receive $10,000.

    3.  Tell your friends to vote to increase your chances of winning.

    Even if you don’t enter, take the time to view and vote on some of these heartwarming and courageous stories in the Inspirational Quilt.  I was touched by the story of a family with two children suffering from a rare disorder called Batten Disease. A little girl in my community suffers from it as well and so I am well aware of how hard our area has been fighting to raise money for this rare and catastrophic illness.

    Any charity, big or small, can benefit from getting the word out and possibly win some money to support all the wonderful causes.  Check out the Inspirational Quilt today!

    Be ready to “Party in a Pinch” with Frito-Lay! Giveaway!

    The holidays can be a blur between cooking, cleaning, shopping, wrapping, and getting together.  Just when you think you can’t cram another thing in, you get that last minute call from someone in town who is about to stop by.   When the holidays approach, I try to keep a stash of quick snacks on hand so I am not left hanging when the unexpected guest pops in.  Thank goodness for Frito-Lay!

    One of my favorite dips takes almost no time to prepare but is soooo good your guests will think you’ve been cooking all day!

    BROCCOLI-CHEESE DIP

    1 stick butter

    1 large onion, chopped finely

    1 roll garlic cheese, sliced

    1 can cream of mushroom soup

    1 can mushroom stems and pieces, drained

    1 frozen block chopped broccoli

    Frito-Lay Tostitos, Baked Tostitos, or Fritos Scoops (I like the Scoops best)

    Boil broccoli until tender, drain.  Saute onion in butter until clear and tender.  Reduce heat, add garlic cheese, stir until melted.  Fold in soup, mushrooms, and drained broccoli, heat through.  Serve with your favorite Frito-Lay chips!

    Your guests will think you went to a lot of trouble but only you will know the secret and come off looking like June Cleaver!  Go ahead, make me proud!

    Frito-Lay wants you to be able to pull off the impressive last minute hostess with the mostest stunt as well.  They are sending one Not So Blog aspiring June Cleaver a “Party in a Pinch” gift basket!

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    Your gift basket will contain an assortment of delicious Frito-Lay products and a guide to entertaining during the holidays, all tucked into a decorative bowl.  This little gem of a book has TONS of great tips and recipe ideas to keep you on your toes when Aunt Edna says she’s “right around the corner!”  ACK!  Can Frito-Lay send a housekeeping fairy too?

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    How to enter:

    1. Tell me which Frito Lay Snack is your favorite!

    Additional entries:

    1. Blog about this giveaway and link to The Not-So-Blog (10 extra entries).

    2. Follow me (@BridgetteLA) and @Fritolay on Twitter and Tweet this giveaway. Every time you tweet you get an additional entry! Unlimited! (You must have over 50 Twitter followers to qualify for unlimited entries!)

    3. Subscribe to my blog.

    4. Become a Fan of The Not-So-Blog on Facebook.

    Contest ends at 11:59pm CST on January 12th. Prizes not claimed in 72 hours will be forfeited. Open to U.S. Residents only.

    This review is the opinion of The Experimental Mommy. Other may have a different experience with the product. Thank you to Frito Lay who provided the product for review. I was not compensated in any way except for the complimentary product

    Wordless Wednesday

    Merry Christmas from my family to yours!

    Merry Christmas from my family to yours!

    WINNERS!

    We are getting so close to Christmas, so I am trying to get as many winners announced as possible!  The next batch of winners are:

    Cracker Barrel Gift Basket: Kathy D.

    Pillow Pet:  Danetta

    Disney Family Gift Basket:  Ginny

    Congrats to all the winners!  You will all be emailed shortly.  Please respond within 72 hours to claim your prize!

    HALLS Refresh: $100 AMEX Giveaway!

    A few weeks ago, I was fortunate enough to do a product review for the new HALLS Refresh.  With the holiday party season upon us, and catching up with old friends and family is a priority, I keep some of these Mouth Moistening products in my purse.

    Refresh Logo HALLS Refresh is a great tasting, sugar-free drop that has been specially formulated to help moisten your mouth. It is available in three, mouth-watering flavors: Juicy Strawberry (my personal favorite), Tropical Wave and Refreshing Mint.  The drops can be found in the same stores you find HALLS today and should be used anytime you are looking for mouth-moistening refreshment!

    HALLS_Refreshrobe HALLS would like to not only refresh you, but pamper you with a fabulous holiday giveaway!  One lucky reader  will receive this lovely Robe and Slipper set, along with a $100 AMEX gift card to spend as you wish!

    How to enter:

    1. Visit  Halls and tell me another product your family could use this cold and flu season!

    Additional entries:

    1. Blog about this giveaway and link to The Not-So-Blog (10 extra entries).

    2. Follow me (@BridgetteLA) on Twitter and Tweet this giveaway. Every time you tweet you get an additional entry! Unlimited! (You must have over 50 Twitter followers to qualify for unlimited entries!)

    3. Subscribe to my blog.

    4. Become a Fan of The Not-So-Blog and Halls on Facebook.

    Contest ends at 11:59pm CST on January 4th. Prizes not claimed in 72 hours will be forfeited. Open to U.S. Residents only.

    This review is the opinion of The Experimental Mommy. Other may have a different experience with the product.

    TinyCandy’s Gift: Review and Giveaway

    My husband and I make it a priority to read to our children nightly.  During the month of December, we like to select books with a holiday theme to get the girls excited about Christmas and learn it’s true meaning.  Through the years (and many book fairs), we have compiled a nice collection of Christmas stories.

    I was very excited to add “Tinycandy’s Gift” to our collection this year! From the press release:

    tinycandy Tinycandy’s Gift is a new Christmas story tracing the origins of the popular holiday treat, the candy cane. For Susan Estes’ third book, she explains that it is children’s differences that make them special to the world and highlights through vivid illustrations just how important one person can be.

    Tinycandy is an elf growing up in the North Pole who always felt left out because he walks with a limp. With Christmas approaching, Tinycandy is desperate to find his special “gift” in order to contribute to Christmas in Santa’s workshop and become accepted by the other elves. Tinycandy soon discovers that his gift is making special candies shaped like hooks that make Christmas a little sweeter for everyone. Impressed by Tinycandy’s new talent, Santa christens the special treats “Candy Canes.”

    My daughters both sat and listened to the book intently.  It was the perfect length for a bedtime story and the illustrations were beautiful.  I also liked the message conveyed in the story as I feel it is important to accept everyone for their differences.  This book also comes with a read along CD which made the story come to life!  I think this book made an excellent addition to our collection!

    Tinycandy’s Gift can be purchased in hardcover (11 x 8) for $14.95.

    Want to add this book to your holiday collection?  You can win your own copy right here on The Not-So-Blog!

    How to enter:

    1. Tell me your favorite book to read to your kids during the holidays.

    Additional entries:

    1. Blog about this giveaway and link to The Not-So-Blog (10 extra entries).

    2. Follow me (@BridgetteLA) on Twitter and Tweet this giveaway. Every time you tweet you get an additional entry! Unlimited! (You must have over 50 Twitter followers to qualify for unlimited entries!)

    3. Subscribe to my blog.

    4. Become a Fan of The Not-So-Blog on Facebook.

    Contest ends at 11:59pm CST on January 5th. Prizes not claimed in 72 hours will be forfeited. Open to U.S. Residents only.

    This review is the opinion of The Experimental Mommy. Other may have a different experience with the product. Thank you to Tinycandy’s Gift who provided the product for review. I was not compensated in any way except for the complimentary product.